How were the Native Americans treated during the European expansion?

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For the most part, the Native Americans were not treated well during European expansion. When the Europeans expanded to lands where the Native Americans lived, they often brought diseases with them to which the Native Americans had no immunity. The Native Americans got sick and often died from these diseases. Additionally, at times, the Europeans also enslaved the Native Americans.

The Europeans often exploited the minerals from the lands on which the Native Americans lived. Gold and silver were often sent back to Europe after the Europeans arrived. The Europeans had little to no regard for the Native Americans once the Europeans knew that minerals were found in these lands. More European explorations were launched with the hope of finding more minerals.

European expansion, for the most part, was not good for the Native Americans.